CRC-P Capstone Prototype

Capstone Prototype: Open House Melbourne, Docklands, photo by Melissa Cowan.

Showcasing the potential of industrialised construction through innovative full-scale prototypes.

Investigators

  • Professor Mathew Aitchison
    Monash Art, Design and Architecture
  • Dr Rachel Couper
    Dr Duncan Maxwell
    Dr Victor Bunster
    Dr Sarah Breen Lovett
    Ivana Kuzmanovska
    Monash University

Partner organisations

  • Lendlease
  • CSR
  • Ynomia
  • Open House Weekend
  • City of Melbourne
  • Library at the Dock

Funded by

  • Commonwealth Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Cooperative Research Program

The Capstone Prototype brought to fruition a comprehensive body of research conducted throughout the life of the Innovation in Multi-Storey Housing Manufacture CRC-Project, offering a unique opportunity for collaboration with our industry partners and engagement with the public to showcase the potential of industrialised construction through innovative full-scale prototypes.

Professor Mathew Aitchison

As the culmination of our three-year research collaboration between industry and university, the 1:1 scale Capstone Prototype was exhibited as part of the Open House Weekend Melbourne 2019. Installed at Buluk Park in Docklands in association with the Library at The Dock, the exhibition pushed the boundaries of building and housing design by offering a technical, real-scale demonstration of a componentised construction system that could operate as an apartment, an office, a student residence, a hospital room, or a variety of other functions.

The research funding awarded to this project was part of the Commonwealth Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Cooperative Research Program. The Department began the CRC-Projects scheme in 2016, targeted at enabling short-term (maximum three years) industry-led collaborations with Commonwealth funding of up to $3 million to develop important new technologies, products and services. Innovation in Advanced Multi-Storey Housing Manufacture was awarded $3 million in the first round of the new program and had a total cash budget of approximately $4.3 million, with a total value exceeding $7.5 million including in-kind contributions from the respective partner organisations.